Every morning when I wake up, I see my sleepy face in the closet's mirror situated in my bedroom. It's an old closet, I think the mirror's broken, it hasn't shown me what I want to see for a while, just wrinkles, white hair, fat bags. The picture is no longer clear, everything is blurred, I am tired of this self-righteous, I reach out my hand and turn every false reality into pieces. And tomorrow I'm going to that Swedish store, I heard they had modern closets with no mirrors, where you can hide anything. Even the old age.

(Translated by Florina Șamata / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In August 2022, the group has 9,000 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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